By Kim Hart - 03/25/10 04:42 PM EDT
The National Broadband Plan cost $20 million.
Under the Recovery Act, the FCC was directed to come up with a long-range strategy for expanding broadband access across the country. The 350-page plan, which took nearly a year to complete, was delivered to Congress last week.
The cost roughly comes out to $50,000 per page, or $50,000 per day of work,
lawmakers pointed out Thursday.
Just before the plan was due to Congress, Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.) sent a letter to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski asking him how much money was spent on the plan.
During a House hearing Thursday, Stearns expressed some concern that so much money was used to produce a document that was not voted on by the full FCC.
Republican commissioners assured him they had been consulted by the FCC's Broadband Task Force and received a draft of the report nearly a month before it was delivered to Congress.
Part of the plan's $20 million price tag was paid for by Recovery Act funds. The remainder was paid for with regular FCC appropriations. The FCC hired about 60 temporary employees to work on the plan.